Fostering social development and economic prosperity through lifelong learning: first steps in one Australian community

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Cuthill, Michael and Jansen, Danni. 2012. "Fostering social development and economic prosperity through lifelong learning: first steps in one Australian community." International Journal Of Urban Sustainable Development. 4 (1), pp. 63-75. https://doi.org/10.1080/19463138.2012.667413
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Fostering social development and economic prosperity through lifelong learning: first steps in one Australian community

ERA Journal ID124650
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCuthill, Michael (Author) and Jansen, Danni (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal Of Urban Sustainable Development
Journal Citation4 (1), pp. 63-75
Number of Pages13
Year2012
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
ISSN1756-5723
1756-5731
1946-3138
1946-3146
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/19463138.2012.667413
Abstract

Two equally important and interrelated perspectives – social development and economic prosperity – drive an almost global endorsement of lifelong learning. However, this topic does not appear to be a focus of serious policy attention in Australia. Despite this lack of attention, some Australian communities have responded to the potential offered through lifelong learning, unilaterally developing their own locally based
responses. This article reports on the first steps taken, to build a community culture which values and supports lifelong learning, in one Australian city. Preliminary work, instigated by a multi-sectoral working group, focused on a learning communities literature review, profile and audit. These provided a basis for a lifelong learning gap analysis. The main discussion focuses on results from the gap analysis, including
identified key actions, and the need for better understanding and articulation of the contribution of community-based learning to social development and economic prosperity in Ipswich.

Keywordslearning community; lifelong learning; social development; economic prosperity; Ipswich
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
390301. Continuing and community education
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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